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Pinnacle Shows Off Plug-and-Play Media Receiver
The ShowCenter 250HD plays PC files on any home entertainment system -- in HD!
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Pinnacle’s ShowCenter 250HD is also compatible with universal plug-and-play (UPnP AV) media servers.
November 10, 2007 by Rachel Cericola

Streaming audio and video from the PC to your TV is really nothing new. Pinnacle throws in the promise of high definition with its ShowCenter 250HD.

We’ve played around with other ShowCenter products, so this one sounds interesting. Aside from PC play, this plug-and-play solution can also attach to your home’s NAS (network-attached storage) if you’ve got tons of digital files waiting for a bigger, better showcase than your computer space.

Compatible with Vista, XP or Mac OS, the unit is equipped for both wired Ethernet and wireless 802.11b/g.

Files supported include: MP3, WMA, WMA Pro, WMA lossless, WMA-DRM, PCM WAV uncompressed, Windows Media Video 9, WMV-DRM, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVI, DivX, XviD files, as well as high-def WMV 9, DivX HD and MPEG-4.

The company says that the product is “targeted at PC users with large digital media collections.” Apparently they’re on a budget too; this product will be available next month for $200.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.

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